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    charting, managing cultural differences in genealogical information, analysis for community and one-name studies

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  1. Chart printing

    I presume by charts you are referring to Charts created from TMG using Visual Charform. In Visual Chartform any export method that uses output to a grid based image format with loose quality as it is based on a screen capture process.. PDF is a vector method of representation. That is, it stores in the PDF file, location of objects as positions to 1/96 of an inch, it stores text characters as text characters. Depending on the PDF converter that you use, the way images are stored may be different. If possible, I would always save the as at 600 DPI or 720 DPI file if you are given the option. Make sure that you can print at that detail. A second more delicate issue is the choice of colors. I would create a small test chart using your selected colors for different objects and take the PDF to your preferred printer and get it printed by the printing device you will finally use. The color on your screen is likely to be brighter than any paper printing, so you may need to revise your color choices. I hope that helps. RobinL
  2. Combining chart files

    PS - keep a blank copy of PDF_CHART file for later use as a starter for this procedure again. You can now reset your default printer to your normal printer. RobinL
  3. Combining chart files

    Hi Paul, (1) Make your default printer a PDF pseudo printer. (2) Reboot your computer (3) Open Visual Chart Form with default blank chart (4) File > Printer and check that the selected printer is the PDF one (5) Tools > Diagram > Diagram Measurements and increase the size of the canvas to match or exceed the final combined chart size (6) Save this chart under a new filename (say PDF-CHART) (7) In VCF File > Open your first small chart and use CTRL+A then Tools > Structure > Group to make the whole chart one object (8) In VCF , click the grouped chart, thenCTRL+C to copy the chart to the clipboard (9) In VCF File > Open PDF-CHART, at the top left of where you want the first chart to be roughly located click the mouse (10) that chart should be now visible (11) repeat for other charts making sure that you place each appropriately (it is wise to save save temporary copies of the PDF-CHART) (12) when you are happy that the individual charts are the right place, you an Ungroup them and edit them (13) finally in File > Print look at the PDF Custom Page size and adjust it to a suitable size then close this File > Print (14) reopen File . Print check that your settings have taken and then click PRINT I hope that is sufficient to solve your problem RobinL
  4. Hi M. K. Miles, I can quickly think of at least 2 reasons why you may get this result. (1) It is likely that the indexing of some database table has become corrupted. Can you produce the list of People Report for the focus group of the person and all their relatives? If this fails then run the File > Maintenance > Reindex, etc and try again. (2) You have run up against some constraint in the GenBridge code that Visual Chartform uses to interrogate the TMG project database. In my experience, such a chart should not fail. I have produced charts that are more generations and much wider (up to 300 ft) and involving several 1000 persons from VCF. Please report back, RobinL
  5. I would try creating the chart first with no images. If that works then it is likely that you have atleast one image whose format is not recognised by the tool that puts that image intoi the chart. If the no image case works, then start wot create a chart with 50% of the final generations you require. I that works then about 75% of the generations, or if the 50% failed try 25%. Continuing halving the generations between the number that works and that doesn't under you find the generation that contains the faulty image. Then you will need tisolate the images in that generation. Look at the file's extensions and their properties in something like Irfanview. If the chart does not work without images. Then repeat this sequence with no images until you fiind the generation of failure. The most likely outcome is that you have a circular linkage of a child being linked as the ancestor of ancestor. RobinL
  6. The message FRMCHART5.CNTFILTERFLAG1.MSET CONTROLS you are trying create a chart based on person with FLAG1 value = <somevalue> This suggests to me that your first custom flag has some incorrect values or a bad definition or that the focus person does not have that particular value set. RobinL
  7. Hi Kaye, If CClenaer took that long then you must have a lot of files in its search paths. You probably now have a lot more free space on C: That may have now made TMG work. I am starting to suspect that it could also have been a lack of space on the hardrive. We will never know. As far as your other problems, I presume that you have sent yourself a message with an image back to yourself, either to your usual account or someone elses account that you can see. If you get it back in a clean form then the only thing can something in the header of the message that is causing it to be interpreted differently by others. I am pleased that we seen have fixed the TMG problem. RobinL
  8. Hi Kaye, Printer properties are funny things. Recently, I have found that changing the default printer is not propagated correctly to all Windows applications. It is only after changing the default printer, then shutdown, reboot, then open TMG or VCF that VFP sees the change. There is some ghost of the change that is left in memory, so the application does not see the real change until a re-boot. If you use CCleaner to only clean out temporary files, after that it may take little while longer to load some websites that you visit regularly, but that is a small price to pay. The cache files will be re-established on that next visit. This is the kind of problem that can also happen when your computer crashes when a Word or Excel file is open. Next time you try to open the file, the lock file says that you can only open it in read-only mode. These lock files can be hidden almost anywhere, not to be found by searching (Windows search doesn't see them all). I recently had this problem with a mail merge macro in Word, where the only way to know where to look and delete the lock file was by correponding with someone in Cyprus. That's the Internet for you. I have never found where TMG/VFP hides its lock files, unlike Word that uses "~$then the rest of file name.docx" in the same folder as the original.docx. RobinL
  9. Hi Kaye, This sounds like your computer or TMG has been crashed sometime, leaving behind some lock files that would have normally beeen deleted on a clean close down. Repair does not look at these things, it on looks at indexes and data inconsistencies, not locks and permissions. Or some background application has set locks for backup, cloud synchronization, etc and not cleanly finished. Does the problem still occur if you open the Sample project and try to produce a report? You may have to use something like CCleaner to remove all temp files (and only temp files) as a possible way to overcome this. I hope someone else can think of another possible cause. RobinL
  10. Deeper invetigations revieled that this was set of files with very simalr naming conventions as does TMG, But it infact was created by Roots Magic 3.0 (circa 2004). I have been able to open it and then export a 4.3Mb Gedcom from it and that Gedcom is on its way back to Gary. A good outcome alround, as he now has most the the data (I don't what doesn't get exported from RM3), but it also proves there was nothing strange about TMG v9. RobinL
  11. I received a Zip from Gary. It was an incomplete set of files, missing the PJC and all files relating tp _$ persons, _N names, and _P places. However, there is a lot of useful research information that can be seen via DBF browser.paricularly under sources, citations and exhibits. I have asked him to see whether the other files are still extant. RobinL
  12. Hi Glenn, I have a working version of V6.12.000 on my XP machine. If you zip all the files and send them to me I probably can create a SQZ for you. I may even have an earlier working version on a WinNT box. Robin
  13. reconnecting VCF with TMG V9.03

    Reinstall v8. It looks like uninstall must remoove a registry entry that v9.03 relies on. If that doesn't work, I don't know. RobinL
  14. The site gave an SQL error as it posted my previous reply RobinL